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Poli Arctici et circumiatacentium terrarum descriptio novissima [cartographic material] / 





Place of creation


1 map : hand col., ill. ; 43 cm in diam. on sheet 50 x 58 cm.

Scope and content

Map shows the Northern Hemisphere from the North Pole to 50 degrees north latitude.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC9997
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #251
Cartographic material
90: Open
251 Item no. assigned by LAC 251
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H3/10 000/[1636](1649)

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada. Copyright expired.

Additional information

Relief shown pictorially.

Prime meridian Faero Island.

Copperplate engraving.

On verso: text in french "Le pole Arctique, et la description des terres septentrionales. Original signature "B" with manuscript feature "&C" added, with catchword "ne".

This copy differs from other copy in collection in that it has a decorative border depicting the whaling industry.

Map has two cartouches: The title cartouche and a blank cartouche located on the right side of the map.

According to Kershaw map From: Nouveau Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1639.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Related materials
For other state see: Mikan 3819685 (NMC 27813).

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 246, pp. 311-313, state 3, 1636
Kershaw, vol. 1, Entry 100, p. 100, Second state.
Koeman, volume 4, Entry ME 91
Phillips, Entry 455.

Copy / version note
The microfiche version is NMC 9997.

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, March 1954 entitled "The Discovery & Mapping of the Great Lakes 'Sweet Water' 1522-1703 showcasing MacDonald's Collection.

Subject heading

Arctic regions